Professional and non-professional drivers' stress reactions and risky driving

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Citation Formats
B. Öz and T. Özkan, “Professional and non-professional drivers’ stress reactions and risky driving,” TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART F-TRAFFIC PSYCHOLOGY AND BEHAVIOUR, pp. 32–40, 2010, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: